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About dps61techcoach

I am the mother of two boys and happily married for 15 years. Currently, I am a school improvement specialist for Decatur Public Schools. Next year I will be an instructional technology coach. I am super excited about this new role.

EduCreations is worth the effort

Yesterday was a trying day. The skills assessed was expressing fractions in a set. The assessment included students demonstrating a task using EduCreations, answering questions using ActivExpressions, and then they worked an extended response problem. The entire class seemed off. … Continue reading

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Day 3, 4, & 5

A lot has happened in the world of 3rd grade fractions in the past 3 days. There have been some changes to the unit and exciting discoveries. Day 3: Today students were able to demonstrate their own learning. In stations, … Continue reading

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Day 2: Fractions and Regions

I love teaching math to 3rd graders! Today, I was able to take the place at the teacher center. I used EduCreations on my iPad to discuss with the students fractions as part of a whole. The most I had … Continue reading

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Day 1: Dividing shapes into equal parts

Day one was much more successful with the changes I made to the iPad and Promethean centers. Here are the changes I made. 1. Promethean Center – I placed masking tape Xs on the carpet for the spectators and players. … Continue reading

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Practicing technology imbedded centers first was the right choice

Today, students practiced all three stations. The lesson started with a brief review of each center’s expectations. Students were attentive and remembered most of the expectations. On the Promethean board, I displayed the assigned student groups and group rotations. Students … Continue reading

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Students’ initial reaction

Today, I introduced the project to the 3rd grade class. Their reaction is everything I hoped for. They were so excited and wanting to learn. I gave them a sneak preview of stations by standing in the three areas of … Continue reading

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Blended learning + centers + PBIS = success

Good Sunday afternoon. Many students, teachers, and administrators will return to school tomorrow for the new year. Returning to school after an extended break can be difficult for students and even adults. It is a good time to revisit routines … Continue reading

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